2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

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By Brian Normile

With both GM and Ram offering all-new half-ton pickup trucks in one of the hottest classes in the auto industry, you just knew we'd be putting a half-ton Challenge together for your pleasure. And we have. However, before we reveal the results of our comprehensive comparison test on Nov. 12, we want to give you a clear picture of exactly how each competitor was equipped.

We should note that we asked each truckmaker to send us their best half-ton competitor, however they wanted to define it. Some sent their latest and greatest top trim level, while others sent their most popular. As a result, we had a five-way battle (Toyota declined our invitation) with prices ranging from $54,190 to $68,390.

We'll start by giving you a look at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4 crew cab.

The Chevy is one of three half-tons that underwent a major redesign and upgrade for 2019. With a new look and more aerodynamic design, more trim levels, an all-new (and lighter) frame, retuned suspension and several all-new engines along with a newly upgraded interior and bed design, the new Silverado 1500 has a lot of expectations and interest behind it.

Our test truck — 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor — was powered by the 6.2-liter V-8, now equipped with the advanced Dynamic Fuel Management system, mated to an all-new 10-speed automatic with 3.23:1 gears; however, it did not have an added towing package that would have increased its gross vehicle weight rating and towing capacity.

Before options and fees, this Silverado 1500 High Country had a starting price of $56,300, but our test truck included the High Country Deluxe Package ($3,940), which includes forward collision alert, lane keep assist, low-speed forward braking, front pedestrian braking, auto high beams, a following distance indicator, vibrating safety alert seats, a power sunroof, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, all-season tires and all-weather floor liners. The Silverado also had the $2,495 DFM 6.2-liter and 10-speed transmission; the Technology Package for $1,625 that includes the HD surround cameras, a rear camera mirror and large-screen head-up display; power assist side steps for $995; a special paint color for $995; wheel locks for $75; and $1,495 in destination fees for a total of $67,420.

Stick around, as we'll be introducing the rest of the competitors in alphabetical order over the next several days before we publish our full results story and the winner of our 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge. Next up: the Ford F-150.

Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

 

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Comments

This truck has the 6.2, the automatic panty dropper. GMC is where the big boys play!

So everybody that drives a 6.2 is wearing panties or so you implied. Not totally accurate but close enough.

So everybody that drives a 6.2 is wearing panties or so you implied...Posted by: just the truth

@Just the truth

When you're just a little older I'll explain what he means by that comment. It's kind of a grown-up expression.

How old you think I need to be?

Do you really think PapaJoke will buy one?
Not bloody likely. The guy still drives a 20yrs old anemic 4.8L Silverado ( while attacking others for their personal vehicle )

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 5, 2018 3:42:13 PM


What was the matter with the 4.8's? I had one and put over 430,000 Kms on it with no motor issues. Couple front wheel bearings/a few sets of universal joints and other regular stuff. The body rusted away. but that engine was great.

you really think PapaJoke will buy one?
Not bloody likely. The guy still drives a 20yrs old anemic 4.8L Silverado ( while attacking others for their personal vehicle )
Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 5, 2018 3:42:13 PM

What was the matter with the 4.8's? I had one and put over 430,000 Kms on it with no motor issues. Couple front wheel bearings/a few sets of universal joints and other regular stuff. The body rusted away. but that engine was great.
Posted by: What The Heck | Nov 5,
/QUOTE

These jealous girly boys are funny,yes

I also have 10 year old Silvy w 4.8 V8 and it hauls my camper up the Rockies w ease...
No problems in all these years either..
Paid 23thou,,cash for brand new back then,,cant imagine paying those crazy prices GM wants now..

Interior looks dated and not in a cool 1955 Chevrolet Truck type of dated. It exudes cheapness. Chrysler used to own the cheap looking, low quality materials interior segment. GM is now the champion.

The engine bay looks interesting, particularly the way it is now framed. It appears it is designed that way to help the vehicle deflect energy in a small offset crash. Lots of brilliant thinking gone into these new class leading trucks from GM.

How old you think I need to be?
Posted by: just the truth | Nov 5, 2018

@JTT

It's different for every boy and girl. I'll let you know

Admittedly, the grille is a little busy, however the remainder of the truck body lines look great. I expect that Silverado will gain a larger market share at the expense of the F-series.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 5, 2018 8:55:07 AM

Ram has made it clear that they are expanding production to become the #2 truck brand for 2019. They will with the new 2019 Ram being hands down far superior to either of the 1/2 done new GM offerings. Sorry to be the barer of bad news.

The fenders sticking down over the end of the bumper are a mistake Off-road limbs are going to destroy them.

There's not much off-roading you can do with that front end ground clearance. Maybe accidentally over grandmas marigold garden but that's it.

only 289 mile fuel range with a little below Full. Sad GM only put a 23 gallon fuel tank under these things.

Sorry to be the barer of bad news.

Posted by: RamRod | Nov 6, 2018 6:07:22 AM

It's ok, i'm not a Ford fan.

The nose on this Chevy is just garish. Look at that thing. Looks like it was beaten witt an ugly stick. And that price? It will be a cold day in hell before i pay 60K for ANY pickup truck, GMC, Ford or Dodge. The price thing is just getting way out of hand too.

It may not be the best looking pickup, but it could be worse. The face will grow on me. This beast sure is pretty in the High Country trim.

"We should note that we asked each truckmaker to send us their best half-ton competitor, however they wanted to define it."

I believe what this sentence is trying to tell us is that PUTC either didn't want to show the 2019 F150 Limited outperforming the all-new gm offerings or Ford really just didn't want to send them one.
Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 5, 2018

@Fullsize

Or it could mean that Ford, GM, FCA don't have warehouses full of nice trucks and SUVs just waiting for some blogger or some reporter to test drive it. Dealers have ZERO interest in loaning some guy a truck to use for a week to write a article about it.

Wow, either somebody is showing some GM bias or just being funny on this one!! By several they actually mean 1 "all-new" engine, the 2.7L 4 banger....
Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 5, 2018 9:21:28 AM

The 2.7L Turbo, the 3.0L Duramax I6 diesel, plus the modified 5.3 and 6.2 engines with a new cylinder deactivation system that required a redesigned engine block, heads, oil pump, lifters, cam, ECM, etc.

Or is Ford the only one allowed to claim their updated engines are "new".

They need an emergency redesign on those early 1990's looking glove boxes. Ugliest set of glove boxes I have seen since the last generation Silverado. Needs a trim piece other than plastic to break them up, reduce the half inch panel gaps, smaller latches etc. Upgrading to better looking plastic wouldn't hurt either.
Posted by: Texas1836 | Nov 5, 2018 9:05:04 AM


Why would they need to upgrade their plastic?

Ford is the one that has had problems with their cheap ugly plastic warping after a few months. It has affected the F-150 since 2015 and the Superduty since 2017. The dash warps. The glovebox warps. In fact, the glovebox warps so bad that some guys eventually can't get it to latch shut. It was bad enough when the bed got replaced by a toy box made from aluminum foil.

The 6.2 makes me moist.

That's mainly because it looks too low and too portly from the side view. Bumper steps look strange. Interior is a rehash from last year. Additional rear seat room is only marginal.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Nov 5, 2018 7:59:35 AM

The ground clearance seems to be lowest on the LTZ and High Country trims. Most of that seems to be an illusion caused by the low slung steps and tall profile of the truck. The Trailboss has 10.88" of ground clearance and according to GM it has a 2" lift. That would mean a standard Silverado would have 8.88" of ground clearance, which is right in line with the ground clearance of a 2018 F-150.

Funny you say rear seat room is only "marginal", because it's actually within 0.2" of the 2018 F-150's rear leg room. The 2019 GM double cab trucks have 1.7" more rear leg room. All the 2019 GM trucks have 0.6" more front leg room than the 2018 F-150. I would call that a win for this truck. The F-150 still has more hip room. 1.3" in the front and 3.5" in the rear. The GM trucks have 3" more head room up front.

Also, the bumper step looks weird, but as a feature on a truck, it's probably the best solution for getting in a out of the bed. Plus, guys always look like Nancy's using the Ford tailgate step. Don't freak out... guys that use the GMC tailgate step will also look like Nancy's.


For the test its a shame its the 6.2 almost nobody gets as its availability is severely limited by the manufacturer. But the testers did ask for whatever the manufacturer wanted to represent them so can fault the vehicle presented for the unrealistic nature of the test for most.

Looking forward to the testing.

Posted by: Clint | Nov 5, 2018 10:13:54 AM

For all you all that say GM limits the 6.2, they don't. It's all in how the dealers order them. You can build a GM truck with the 6.2. You don't have to have the high price package. That's just the way the dealers order them.

This is a great looking truck. I don't have a problem with the duel exhaust out of the back, had it on my Ram and never seen anything on my trailers. I just turned off the key once I was hooked up then completed the rest. The only issue is not backing up too close to snow banks or you'll plug em up.

Raced plenty of 6.2 GM trucks and smoked them all with my Hemi. I think I raced all 5 that were sold in Montana last year. Don't care what the paid off PUTC says. Edmunds is the only non biased site. Who did they pick as the best 1/2 ton 2019 truck? Oh yeah, Ram 1500. Who was 2nd? Oh yeah, F-150. Who was last? Oh yeah, Silverado 1500.

Guts
Glory
Spank the weak 6.2 GM
Best 2019 1/2 ton truck
******R A M******

The Bi-colored interior makes me throb down town. I like anything that's Bi. Especially GMSRGREAT!! Growl.....Growl.....Here kitty kitty.

This truck has the 6.2, the automatic panty dropper. GMC is where the big boys play!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 5, 2018 6:52:31 PM

That might explain why my sister-in-law owns one. She never gets better than 14-15 mpg on our trip to the cabin up in mountains. I get 19-20 mpg on the same trip in my Ram.

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Wow... I thought nothing could look worse than the outgoing model's endless sea of poop brown, but Chevy certainly raised (or is it lowered?) the bar on how terrible you can make an interior look... yeesh

This looks worse than those cheesy black on white two tone Katzkin aftermarket leather combos that 98% of used GMCs are wearing.

Just when I thought the exterior might be growing on me... nope



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